Remittances: Helpful for Development?
Migrants often send back money to their families. Laura Thompson explains the possibilities and limitations of remittances as a tool for development.
2014 felt like a year of turmoil and unrest to many. Alliances dissolved, orders shifted, mentalities changed and long standing certainties were called into question. All around the world people were on the move. Men, women and children left their homes, many involuntarily. While migration and the conflicts that cause flight and expulsion often pose a difficult challenge to societies and nation states, established orders are being challenged from inside by social and political movements in many countries around the globe. That’s why we have devoted issue #14 to the concept of “movement”. Talking about movement opens up a rich space of association that allows us to explore some of the most pressing issues of our time, issues that are especially relevant to the development community. While it highlights change for the worse, it also points to new ways of doing things. In the chapters "Moving People", "Moving Pictures", "Moving Masses", "Moving Cities" and "Moving Thoughts" you will find articles and interviews that show us where action is needed and offer some fresh ideas for how to go about it.
We’re especially happy we had the opportunity to interview two renowned experts in their fields who introduced us to political movements in democracies and the phenomena of migration: Political scientist Chantal Mouffe discusses the connections among democratic politics, the "political", and protest movements while Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) helps us identify the links between remittances and development.
Read about the situation of internal refugees in Iraq in our exclusive report by Zeljko Crninc and Atran Youkhana, learn about the mobility of the super-rich in Manuela Boatcă's article on the global trade in national citizenship titles, and have a look at Martin Gommel's sensitive portraits of men and women who made their way to Europe as refugees despite the countless perils they had to face. Our author Nora Sausmikat tells us about the ecological movement in China, Anton Törnberg offers insight into new ways of organising social mobilisation in the digital age, Reiner Klingholz envisions the end of growth, and Wolfgang Kraushaar delivers a comprehensive and exciting overview of the globalisation of naked protest.
As much as we like looking at the big picture, we would not want to ignore the fascinating personal stories written in the fairways of movements and migration: Read how Khalid from Tangier in Marocco and Jenny from San Francisco, USA maintain a digital relationship, why Emse has been forced to return to Kosovo, how Ursula Thiemens sets up physiotherapy centres in Mexico instead of retiring, and how Lekuren in the North of Kenya combines digital technology with his life as a nomad.
Of course you will find a great number of additional thought-provoking articles inside. We are very happy with how this issue of DDD turned out and we hope it shows. Enjoy the read!
Your editorial team,
Frederik Caselitz, Patrick Delaney, and Maren Zeidler